Seven summits challenge Climbing the highest peaks of each continent


The Seven Summits, a well-known mountaineering objective, are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. The Seven Summits (Morrow/Messner list) from highest to lowest, are:

  • Asia: Mount Everest – 29,035 feet (8850 meters)
  • South America: Aconcagua – 22,829 feet (6962 meters)
  • North America: Denali AKA Mount McKinley – 20,320 feet (6194 meters)
  • Africa: Kilimanjaro – 19,340 feet (5895 meters)
  • Europe: Mount Elbrus – 18,510 feet (5642 meters)
  • Antarctica: Mount Vinson  – 16,067 feet (4897 meters)
  • Australasia/Oceania: Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid)  – 16,023 feet (4884 meters)

“The Seven Summits” – began to gain attention as a climbing objective in the late 1980’s after the publication of the book of the same name by Dick Bass and Frank Wells.

Dick Bass, the first 7 Summitter, choose Australia as one of the 7 continents and Kosciuszko as it’s mainland high point. However Canadian Pat Morrow, who was competing with Bass to finish the 7 challenged Bass’s summit of Australia’s Mt. Kosciuszko as the highest peak in Oceania saying that Carstensz Pyramid on Irian Jaya (Papua) in Indonesia’s New Guinea was the true highpoint for the Australasian continental mass. Italian Reinhold Messner jumped in and agreed with Morrow. Today Carstensz is considered one of the seven but some 7 Summiteers try to bag the lower Kosciuszko to meet both the Bass and the Messner lists.

Aconcagua: the second highest point of the Seven Summits.

Aconcagua has the reputation of being an “easy” and “non-technical” mountain, but this is a highly challenging climb and demands more than most other non-technical climbs.
Many climbers use their experience on Aconcagua as a launching point for an attempt of Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska or as a test of acclimatization for climbing eight-thousands peaks in Nepal or attempting Mt. Everest.
Climbers that his most experience has been Kilimanjaro,  Aconcagua means a big step up in challenge.

Inka Expediciones strives for challenging and safe treks. Our expeditions programs are made to optimize your trekking experience, get a good acclimatization, and help you follow your goals. We are a local company that know the terrain as well, with 25 years of experience guiding climbers to the summit of Aconcagua.

Reach your goals for the Seven Summit Challenge with Inka Expediciones, and check off Aconcagua from your Adventure Bucket List!

Summit of Aconcagua

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